Colorado Shop Owners Can’t Keep Marijuana Edibles in Stock
(DENVER) -- Colorado residents may wind up with "pot bellies" if they keep filling up on marijuana edibles at this pace.
Ever since recreational marijuana sales began in the state on Jan. 1, many shop owners said they have been unable to keep pot-infused candies, cookies and sodas in stock.
"Edibles have been really huge with the recreational market," Linda Andrews, owner of LoDo Wellness Center in Denver, told ABC News. "They're great if you're not a [marijuana] connoisseur and you want something more palatable. And they are certainly more discreet."
Andrews estimates edible sales are up 300 percent at her store, which previously only served medical marijuana patients.
Among the most popular items are marijuana-infused chocolate bars, which she said are sold in a pack of four for $15 and chewy, chocolaty Dixie Rolls, which sell for $17 a pack.
In order to keep the products on the shelves, Andrews said she has had to impose a two edible purchase limit per customer until manufacturers can catch up with demand.
"We got a new supply in last week and sold out in an hour," she said.
Joe Hodas, chief marketing officer for Dixie Elixirs and Edibles, a top marijuana edibles manufacturer, said the company is building a new 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and warehouse to keep up with Coloradoans' insatiable appetites.
"Demand's been huge," Hodas told ABC News' Denver affiliate KMGH-TV. "And our employees have been just killing it working 'round the clock."
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